Hypertherm Honored by New Hampshire Governor Sununu in Work-Based Learning Award

NEC member Hypertherm recently received an award for excellence in work-based learning, presented by New Hampshire Governor John Sununu. Hypertherm is a U.S.-based manufacturer of industrial cutting systems and software that puts a large focus on community through their Hypertherm Owners’ Philanthropic Endeavors (HOPE) Foundation.

Barbara Couch, President of the HOPE Foundation, was recognized for leadership in promoting work-based learning throughout New Hampshire, for encouraging volunteerism among employees at Hypertherm Associates, and for participating on numerous boards and for sponsoring events through the HOPE foundation. Hypertherm was also recognized for their unique STEM internship program geared toward high school seniors, along with its SHAPE for STEM initiative which sponsors STEM camps for middle school students and STEM clubs for elementary schools.

Couch said, “We are humbled by this award as we see our work as a way of supporting our community, and ensuring that we, as a high-tech manufacturer, have a skilled pool of people to draw from. It is of great strategic importance to us that upcoming generations are engaged and capable in all areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and programs like SHAPE for STEM, combined with giving through the HOPE Foundation, and volunteering by our Associates is one way we can do that.”

The NEC congratulates Hypertherm on receiving this prestigious award and thanks them for their sustained efforts to give back to their community by cultivating a strong future workforce.

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